Anxiety is a common experience that can make you feel like you can’t do anything. It can hurt your relationships, your job, and your overall health.
It doesn’t have to run your life, though. I know this because I’ve struggled with anxiety for a long time. But I was able to get over it by combining self-reflection, therapy, and changes to my way of life.
In this post, I’ll talk about my life and the things I did to get rid of anxiety.
The first step to getting rid of anxiety is to realize that you have it. This was a tough step for me. I didn’t want to say I was having trouble because I thought it would make me look weak. But when I tried to ignore my anxiety, it got worse. I didn’t know I wasn’t alone until I started talking to friends and family about how I felt. Many people have anxiety, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
The next step in getting rid of anxiety is to figure out what makes it happen. Triggers can be anything, from thoughts and memories to specific people or situations. I noticed that stress at work and social situations made me anxious. Once I knew what set me off, I could start to deal with it.
Get help if you have anxiety. I first talked to my doctor, who suggested seeing a therapist. Therapy changed everything for me. It was a safe place to talk about how I felt and learn how to deal with them. It’s important to remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Mindfulness was one of the ways I learned to deal with things in therapy.
Mindfulness involves being in the now without judgment. It can be as easy as taking a few deep breaths or as hard as sitting down daily to meditate. Mindfulness has helped me keep my feet on the ground and calm down when things are hard.
Another thing that has helped me deal with anxiety is working out. Endorphins are natural mood boosters that are released when you exercise. Even a short walk can change your mood for the better.
I started by going for walks every day, and then I joined a gym. Exercise not only helped me deal with my anxiety, but it also made my health and well-being better as a whole.
On top of working out, I also started doing other healthy things. This meant eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and cutting back on caffeine. My anxiety went down a lot after I made these small changes.
Challenging Negative Thoughts
A lot of the time, negative thoughts and self-talk make people anxious. I learned to question these thoughts by asking myself if they were true and if there was evidence to back them up. I also worked on turning bad thoughts into good ones. I wouldn’t think, “I can’t handle this,” but instead, “I’ve been through hard things before, and I can do it again.”
As I dealt with my anxiety, I discovered how crucial limits are. This meant that I had to say no to things that didn’t fit my values or would make me feel stressed out for no reason. It also meant prioritizing self-care and making time for activities that made me happy.
Lastly, being thankful has been an important part of my journey to get rid of anxiety. Taking time daily to think about what I’m grateful for has helped me shift my attention from the bad to the good. Even on the worst days, it has helped me remember the good things in my life.
Getting rid of anxiety is a process that takes time, self-reflection, and help from others. You can take control of your anxiety and live a more peaceful life by recognizing it, figuring out what makes it worse, getting help, practicing mindfulness, working out, forming healthy habits, challenging negative thoughts, setting limits, and being grateful. Remember that you’re not alone and that tomorrow will be better.